Day 34

Today’s Readings

Exodus 17:8-19:15 Matthew 22:34-23:12 Psalm 27:7-14 Proverbs 6:27-35

Moses is wearing himself out because he is literally trying to do it all. He is listening to the complaints of EVERYONE and trying to render a just decision. His father-in-law sees this and gives him some sage advice: DELEGATE! Jethro is able to make the work manageable by creating a system.

While systems are important, the heart we bring to those systems will determine how successful they are. Jesus is asked by the Pharisees what the greatest commandment of all is, He replies:

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’b 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

The Sadducees had just tried to “trick” Jesus. Not being able to, the Pharisees thought they could trip up the Son of God, but of course, they couldn’t. Jesus makes the Bible simple in a few short lines.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart: this is the first statement he makes and not by accident. God is love, so to love him is to know love, and we are to do it with ALL our heart. No holding back, no equivocating.

Love the Lord your God with all your soul: love him with all of yourself, your “feelers”, it is okay to be emotional and fervent. Love him in the way you are made to love, to express your love in your own authentic way.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart: This is my favorite one of the three that Jesus mentions. I have been to many churches where you are almost required to emote as an act of worship. But that is not how I feel closest to God, I think, evaluate and respond with a more introspective and intellectual response. If you are emotive, go for it.

And then he hits us with the “how” you do it, love your neighbor as YOURSELF. Which is a lot! For me I understand it this way: Love God with everything and then transfer that to your neighbor, not just the one next door, but all across the world.

Jethro loved Moses so much that he helped him solve a problem. What problem can we solve for our neighbor with the gifts God has given us? I think that is a question worth answering.

What do you think? Until next time, peace.

Tyndale. The One Year Bible NIV (OYB: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 1511-1512). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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